Lemon Loaf

Delicious, moist Lemon Bread with a sweet glaze. Better than Starbucks!!
Lemon Loaf- sweet, moist lemon bread with a delicious glaze! Better than Starbucks!!
How pretty is this bread?

This fall I am leading a Bible study here at my house and I can’t wait to have women come to my home, study the Bible, and fill up on my sweet treats!

This bread will most likely be going on the rotation, it’s the perfect sweet quick bread that goes well with coffee, milk, tea and laughter!
I like cutting my slices extra thick, and I get about 10 slices per loaf. Then I proceed to eat half of them.
Lemon Loaf

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Lemon Loaf


    For the Loaf:
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 5 lemons, zested and juiced, divided
  • For the Simple Syrup:
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup reserved lemon juice (from fresh lemons above)
  • For the Glaze:
  • 1 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 Tbsp reserved lemon juice (from fresh lemons above)
  • 2 Tbsp heavy cream


  1. Zest and juice all five lemons. Set aside.
  2. In medium bowl, mix flour, salt and baking soda together. Set aside.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, beat butter with sugar until fluffy (about 2 minutes). Add eggs one at a time, beating until fully incorporated. Beat in lemon zest and 1/4 cup lemon juice (about two lemons worth of juice). Beat in flour mixture and sour cream alternatively until fully combined. Pour into a 9"x5" loaf pan that has been coated with baking spray (I line the bottom of mine with parchment paper as well, as an extra precaution).
  4. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 65-70 minutes. Cover with foil during the last twenty minutes to keep the top from browning too much.
  5. Remove from oven and let sit in pan to cool about 15 minutes. Remove to wire rack.
  6. To make simple syrup, whisk together 1/4 cup sugar and 1/4 cup lemon juice (juice of about 2 lemons). Heat in a saucepan on low until sugar is completely dissolved. Remove from heat.
  7. Poke holes using a toothpick into the top of your warm loaf. Spoon simple syrup over the top of the bread slowly until all dissolved (this makes the bread so moist)! Allow to cool completely.
  8. For the glaze, whisk together the powdered sugar, heavy cream and remaining lemon juice. Add more cream if necessary to get desired consistency. Pour over cooled loaf. Allow to set (about 15 minutes). Slice and enjoy. This bread is delicious after refrigerating as well!


**adapted from http://www.food.com/recipe/top-secret-recipes-version-of-starbucks-lemon-loaf-bytodd-wilbur-234704


36 Responses to “Lemon Loaf”

  1. posted Aug 5, 2012 at 8:34 pm

    I’ll gladly take a slice or two of that off your hands!

  2. posted Aug 5, 2012 at 8:39 pm

    You eat half…I’ll take the other half!! This looks so good! And I spy a cute IKEA cup and placemat:-) I love that you are leading a Bible study this fall…I wish I lived close enough to attend. What book/series are you studying?

    • posted Aug 6, 2012 at 11:54 am

      I think our first one will be one of the Women of Faith series. I have to go pick it out still! Wish you could come too!

    • posted Aug 12, 2012 at 3:13 pm

      Aimee we did the women of faith one on contentment and really liked it!

    • posted Aug 12, 2012 at 3:14 pm

      Aimee we did the women of faith one on contentment and really liked it!

  3. posted Aug 5, 2012 at 9:10 pm

    YUM! This looks delicious!

  4. posted Aug 5, 2012 at 10:02 pm

    What a beautiful cake to serve over a special time with friends while bonding over GOD!

    • posted Aug 6, 2012 at 11:55 am

      Thanks Ellen, couldn’t agree more!

  5. posted Aug 5, 2012 at 10:04 pm

    I heart lemon!! I’ll have a big ol’ slice right now please :)

  6. posted Aug 5, 2012 at 10:38 pm

    This sounds so good Aimee! Me and lemon are becoming besties.

  7. posted Aug 5, 2012 at 11:31 pm

    This looks fantastic. I am sure it will be hit.

  8. posted Aug 5, 2012 at 11:44 pm

    Yum! This has to be my favorite cake ever!

  9. posted Aug 6, 2012 at 10:30 am

    I love all things lemon, I really do! But a lemon loaf makes me especially happy!

  10. posted Aug 6, 2012 at 2:32 pm

    That glaze is unbelievably gorgeous. Lemon desserts are one of my all-time favorites, ever since I took my first bite in my mom’s Lemon Bar recipes when I was 8. A lemon loaf with that decadent, beautiful and creamy icing is now on my recipe list. :)

    • posted Aug 6, 2012 at 4:27 pm

      I love glaze on quick bread. Thanks for stopping by Sally!

  11. posted Aug 6, 2012 at 6:53 pm

    This is a beautiful loaf of bread! I love lemon bread!

  12. posted Aug 6, 2012 at 11:36 pm

    Thanks for the shout-out! This bread looks mouthwatering! YUM!

  13. posted Aug 7, 2012 at 6:10 pm

    Mmmm…Aimee, it’s gorgeous! It’d never make it past my kitchen. I’m a glutton for lemon treats!

  14. posted Aug 8, 2012 at 12:59 pm

    Oh, wow! That looks so goooooood! Thank you for sharing. Visiting from Someday Crafts. Would love it if you would share this at my Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. http://thededicatedhouse.blogspot.com/2012/08/make-it-pretty-monday-week-9.html Hope to see you at the bash! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  15. posted Aug 8, 2012 at 9:21 pm

    I’m one of those eat-half-the-baked-goods-all-at-once types too. :( And lemon bread?! Love it. The glaze just puts this over the top!

  16. posted Aug 9, 2012 at 11:40 pm

    SO pretty!

  17. posted Aug 10, 2012 at 6:33 pm

    I recently tried to make a lemon loaf but it didn’t look anything as good as yours!! I’ve nominate you for the Versatile Blogger award-you can check it out here: http://bakingblissful.blogspot.com/2012/08/the-versatile-blogger-award.html
    Congrats! :)

  18. posted Aug 24, 2012 at 3:47 am

    How did I miss this?!!! Love lemon! Pinning now!

  19. DebbieD
    posted Feb 4, 2013 at 10:01 am

    I saw a couple of recipes you had featured in your blog for Valentine’s Day. I am wondering if you happen to have or tried Maraschino Cherry Bread. I have looked at some places and they don’t seem to taste like the one I tried recently at a restaurant I don’t want to name in here. Your lemon loaf definitely looks so good!

    • posted Feb 4, 2013 at 10:25 am

      Oooh, I have never heard of maraschino cherry bread!! It sounds wonderful, I’d love to have a better description and I’d be happy to try to recreate it!!

  20. Anonymous
    posted May 1, 2014 at 5:18 pm

    Going to try as is and make a second loaf with limes instead of lemons. can’t wait.

    • Dorothywhite
      posted Jun 29, 2014 at 2:45 pm

      Love all things lemon, am also making this for the ladies after Wednesday night bille study .I, amsure it will be a hit with everyone .Thanks for sharing it .

  21. posted Aug 10, 2014 at 1:06 pm

    Looks so light and tasty! A great summer dessert to serve when entertaining! :)

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  23. posted Mar 12, 2015 at 9:31 pm

    This was really, really good. I have made it several times now and it always turns out. It is my go-to recipe when I have to bring a dessert.

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  26. A.Cordero
    posted Apr 26, 2015 at 9:16 am

    I made it last night my family loved it :)

  27. Lori
    posted May 16, 2015 at 2:17 pm

    This is off the charts delicious!!  It’s not crazy lemony, but a subtle flavor that is delightful.  I use farmers market lemons and highly recommend it.  Thanks for sharing. 

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